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Medical Appointments

Where ever possible, parents are asked to arrange medical or other appointments out of school hours however we understand that this is not always possible. If you need to pick up your child from school for an appointment please inform the school office in advance bringing written confirmation of the time and location. It is an expectation that children will attend school before and after appointments.


Good time keeping and being punctual is a life lesson that is important throughout our lives. Our school day starts when the doors are opened at 8.45am and pupils are expected to be in the classroom, ready to learn, by 8.55am. Pupils who are regularly late miss learning opporutnities, such as guided reading sessions, as well as impacting on the flow of the lesson for the class as a whole.  Punctuality is monitored, alongside attendance, by our Pastoral Manager and the Local Authourity Educational Welfare Officers. Where punctuality is deemed to be a concern parents will be contacted and support offered. 

Leave of Absence during Term Time

There is no entitlement to take your child on holiday during term time. However the headteacher may grant leave of absence only in extremely exceptional circumstances. An application must be made in advance by the parent/carer with whom the pupil normally resides. Retrospective consent will not be granted.

Application forms can be  downloaded here or requested from the school office. It is the responsibility of parents to provide evidence in support of their application. This will be taken into consideration.

Parents/Carers may be issued with a penalty notice or prosecuted for taking their children out of school without authorisation from the Headteacher.

We hope that parents will work with us to ensure appropriate attendance for their child. If you would like to discuss a Leave of Absence request please make an appointment with the office.

Further information regarding term time absences is available from www.education.gov.uk

Attendance and Punctuality Letter to Parents/Carers

Dear Parents Carers,

We would like to take the opportunity to say THANK YOU to all of our families who consistently work to ensure their children’s attendance and punctuality is high. Getting these important habits established early on in your child’s life will make a difference in their futures. There is a proven link between attendance and achievement and it is therefore very important that your child attends school every day, striving for 100% attendance.

We would like to remind all of our parents that time off during the school term will not be authorised, and if we do, this is extremely rare. Unfortunately there were a few families who took their children on holiday during term time last year. Please consider when you book your holidays and do not book during term time. A Fixed Penalty Notice may be issued. If your request for term time absence is refused and your child is still taken out of school, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised and noted on your child’s records.


Lack of punctuality affects learning and behaviour not only of the pupil who is late, but it has an impact on all other learners as the teacher is required to recap on missing learning for those who arrive late. This reduces learning time for the rest of the class.

What can you do to help?

• Make every effort to get your children into school on time.

• Families should not take holidays that require your children to miss school. Try to line up holidays with the school’s timetable. The same goes for doctor’s appointments and dentist appointments.

• Set a regular bed time and morning routine.

• Lay out clothes and school bags the night before.

• Don’t let your child stay at home unless they are truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.

• If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, the Pastoral Manager or other parents for advice on how to make them feel comfortable and excited about learning.

• Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbour, another parent or phone the school.

• Above all, set an example for your child. Show him or her that attendance matters to you and that you won’t allow an absence unless someone is truly sick.

If you would like to discuss any matters relating to attendance and/or puntuality please get in touch with our school attendance officer- Mrs Bradley

Kind regards

Mrs Goulthorpe

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